Thursday, February 28, 2013

Little buddies

It was back to work today and when I got there I found a list of stuff for me to do, or rather for me to clean.  I hate cleaning crap, but I did it anyway.  One of the things on my list was to change the filters in the shellfish tank.  That is the outside part that has the bins of clams, oysters, mussels that customers help themselves to.  I had to take the bins of shellfish out so I could change the filter below.   When I was changing the filter on the clam side I found some stowaways.

Cool, more little crabs!  I found three little guys in there, but only two were still alive.  They must've been inside the clams or beach oysters and whoever put them in the tank didn't bother to check them properly or they would've been discovered.

I took them out for safe keeping and later on I put them in the bottom coral bed of the crab tank.  Near the end of my shift I went to check up on them and give them a scrap piece of salmon for food and they were gone.  They must've crawled off somewhere.  I'll forget about them and then one day I'll have to change the filter in there and there will be like two big crabs jumping out at me.

They were surprisingly feisty and oh so adorable.  For such a little guy, he's got pretty big claws.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Aliens are cool

I made it back to Calgary this afternoon.  Cranbrook was good, the trip was a little too short, but I was surprisingly busy the entire time.  On Sunday I went skiing with my mom and Logan and then we had roast for dinner.  Yeah, meat!  On Monday I finally got a hold of Willie and we worked on a secret project that will be revealed at a later date.  It requires more fine tuning before it's ready to be presented to the public.  My mom took the day off work on Tuesday and we went skiing again and she is still complaining about "wobbly" legs because I made her ski too hard.  I'm just trying to toughen her up.

I also went to not one, but two movies with Willie and Cheryl.  On Monday we saw Dark Skies and I thought it was some ghost/haunted house/evil spirit/possession type movie because it was from the guys behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious.  It was kind of like that, but had aliens instead of ghosts which made it much more credible.  Aliens are way cooler than ghosts yo.  It was actually wasn't too bad despite the lack of anal probes.

Then we saw A Good Day to Die Hard on Tuesday cheap night and for cheap night the theatre was pretty vacant.  I thought it was going to be packed, but it was the exact opposite.  Bruce Willis plays a cranky old man yelling at people to get off his lawn while being pretty much indestructible.  The first Die Hard he was just like some guy put into this situation who barely scrapes by to save the day.  Now, he's jumping out of windows falling 100 ft, outrunning cannon fire from a Hind, crawling out of trucks that flip and roll ten times through the air and only manages to sustain a few scrapes.  I said he's like some superhero and Willie said he read a review that compares him to Wile E. Coyote, and that is spot on.  It's not great, but it's still a guilty a pleasure with some good action and decent lines (and gestures) from Willis, so I'm glad I saw it.

Anyway, while we were waiting for Dark Skies to start the commercials, celebrity birthdays, movie trivia and such crap is playing on the screen when it goes to an interview segment with some country and western guy named Dean Brody.  Willie starts talking about how we went to school with him and he was in our Writing 12 class.  I was looking at the guy and thought, "Brody??  That's McWhinnie!".   I guess McWhinnie wasn't a cool enough name, so he changed it to Brody to help sell more records.  So yeah, we went to school with him and we even made a little movie with him called Reefer Madness 2.  Now we can go two ways with this, we can blackmail him with it or just make some money with it now that is a big bankable star.  We'll have to think on this for a while.  I wonder if he would be interested in doing Reefer Madness 3?

Stay tuned because coming soon...strippers!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tamilgoochi updates

Bad news everybody, my beloved Tamagotchi passed away at the ripe old age of 5.  Don't worry, though I started raising a new one! Then he too died.

Don't forget to feed your dude.  You can feed him a "Meal" which is a piece of bread or a "Snack" which is a wrapped piece of candy.   Whenever I would feed  him and he wouldn't eat I would just discipline him and then he'd eat.  He's lucky to be getting anything at all!


 This may be bad.

Then he turned into Kuchitamatchi, this goofy orange guy with big lips.

He passed away at age 5 and now he's sleeping in his own feces up in Tamagotchi heaven.  
RIP bro.

There are several types of Tamagotchi that can mature from the yellow Pac-Man type dude, Marutchi,, so I thought I'd give it another try, but again I got another orange dude with lips.  Once he hit 5 years old I was dreading the worst and every time I saw an app alert I was expecting to find him gone.

 Instead he turned into Pink Tarakotchi!

 Who busts into a funky dance when he makes a poop.

Awww,  isn't he cute?  The other guys just go to sleep, but he has a blanket and everything.

He still only made 6 years.  I'm not sure if I going to start raising another one yet.  I do because I want to see how old I can get one and I want to unlock all the different types.  Then again, I don't because I'm just too lazy.   I should try looking for a babysitter.

Button up

I got up this morning and turned on the computer ready to do a post, but then I remember the advent calendar is finished.  I leave you with a picture of one of the buttons I got from the thrift store.

I don't get it.  Shouldn't there be a picture of a bowling pin on that button instead of a bowling ball?  I guess bowling pins aren't round, so they don't really lend themselves easily to buttons.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Santa is coming tonight!

That is what I would've said had I been doing the advent calendar back in December like I was supposed to.  The final day's kit is no surprise as he is all over the box.

Santa Darth Maul.

I like the attention to detail of giving him a shovel and then giving him two pieces of "snow" to shovel.  He even has a fancy plastic cape that came in it's own box, so it wouldn't get wrecked.

Now that the Star Wars Lego advent calendar countdown is done for another year I'll actually have to come up with some post ideas instead of being lazy and relying on of the calendar for daily posts.  I'll also have to clean all the shelves in my room that are now littered with little Lego kits.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stuff from the thrift store

I exchanged a couple e-mails with Willie and we were gonna hang out and hit up the thrift stores Saturday.  I wasn't too sure what my schedule was going to be once I got back, but as it turned out I was free in the afternoon.  I sent an an e-mail to Willie after dinner on Friday saying I was good to go Saturday afternoon.  I didn't hear back from him that night, but no big deal because I figured he was out.  Then Saturday morning, the afternoon and now it's 1030pm Saturday and I still haven't heard from him.  I'm sure he's okay, but it turned out good for me because I got all the cool stuff at the thrift stores.

Oh yeah, the Fall Guy truck.  I don't care that it is all beat up and scuffed, it's still awesome.  Thank you, The Cellar!  As it turns out the Cellar is actually now located in the cellar of the United Church.

Willie is not the only Dr. around anymore.

I bought this cool old school calculator.  I just like the look of it.

Not only does it look cool it also boasts an impressive 8 digit dispaly and is powered by a single 9V battery.

It has a jack of some kind, but I'm not too sure what it's for.

Then I got a race car set that was still in the plastic, so I won't have to worry about missing pieces.

I also got other stuff like a Flintstones storybook record, but no accompanying book, some buttons with funny sayings on them like "Dead Kennedys" and some soccer cards/inserts from some British magazine.  I don't care about the soccer cards, but the set also included three player magnets.  I like magnets for my fridge!

Avery was supposed to play during the intermission at the hockey game Saturday night, but he had the flu, so he didn't play which was a bummer.  I went with my mom, Julie and Avery anyway and we watched the Ice beat those losers the Calgary Hitmen.  Right when the game ended a couple fights broke out, but then it looked like everyone had calmed down so we left, but as we were walking out the door I heard more cheering so I'm not sure if they went back at it.  That's good because usually it's a mad rush of vehicles trying the leave the parking lot at the same time.  With everyone staying to watch the fights and excitement, it made leaving a lot easier.

The little guys going at it.  After a bit they tossed out a second puck, so there we like two different games going in.

Shivers was in goal while at the other end the Husky mascot was between the pipes.  The Husky was a total  jerk as when some little guy shot the puck he actually stopped it.  There were a couple boos.

That's it for now.  Hopefully, Willie can figure out how to check him e-mail and we can do something on Monday.  I'm also still hoping to get in some skiing too.  The weather wasn't bad today, it would be nice it would stay that way.


I do not remember a snowman R2-D2 in any of the Star Wars movies.  Maybe he was hiding off in the background during a scene in Empire?  He's still way cooler than a Gungan.

Friday, February 22, 2013

VHS is awesome

The old 24hr Video post of video rental receipts post is now up to 47 views for this week meaning that somebody somewhere for some reason might possibly find it interesting.  Since the internet viewing public can't get enough of it, I'm pretty much obligated to give them more.

You've heard of it, but now you get to see it, the mysterious pudding box.  What treasures does it hold?  Video receipts, the Thrill Seekers Rules, old report cards and an Atari 2600 E.T. game manual among other things.

When I cropped these pictures I made sure to include my "grade 2 printing" signature because I know Cara can't get enough of it.

Split Second with Rutger Hauer, total classic.  I now own The Stuff on DVD, but no memory what so ever of watching this previously.  I do remember watching Dust Devil as Cam had to work, so Mike and I watched it.  The were some boobs and a sex scene and your guys' mom was watching it with us for a bit.  The ending had the best head explosion scene EVER!  I think we rewound and watched it three or four times.

Nothing but classics this time around!

Last week we rented Naked Gun and then this week we rented Naked Gun 2 1/2.  I remember nothing about Biohazard.  Anybody??

Almost one year later we rented Naked Gun 2 1/2 yet again!  I picked the Warren Miller one, but Cam must've picked In the Army Now.  Xtro II with Jan-Michael Vincent and Nicolas Lea!  I guess they made a Xtro III, I'll have to watch it to see how they wrapped up the franchise.

Drunken Master II with Jackie!  This was back before Miramax/Dimension bought the North America rights for it, so Video Update had the VHS from Tai Seng of the original Chinese cut.  Oh yeah, it is AWESOME!  Once Miramax/Dimemsion bought it, they dubbed it and cut the ending.  In the original it shows Wong Fei-Hung all messed up, goofy and pretty much brain damaged from drinking the industrial alcohol during the end fight.  The new and unimproved NA version has this scene completely removed and they just say, "Yeah, he's not here, but he's okay."  Not cool! Video Update also had Stephen Chow's(Kung Fu Hustle) From Beijing With Love which was also pretty good.

Drunken Master II again, probably because I had to copy it.  Again, I totally don't remember watching Edge of Honor and I wish I did.  It has Corey Feldman and Meredith Salenger (Natty Gann) and is about some scouts who find a gun cache and then have to fight the gun runners with the help of a girl who's after the gun runners for murdering her family.  Maybe it'll get released on Blu-ray soon, fingers crossed!

That's it for now and be sure to remember to rewind your movies before you return them to the video store.  Or as Cam taught me, fast forward them to the end of the tape and then rewind them because you don't want the reels too tight.


Today's kit in the calendar is Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator.  Since they are only two days left in the advent calendar I'm pretty sure I know what they are since they're on the on the box and I haven't got them yet.  What's the surprise in that?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Photo Op 20

Down in the basement when I putting away the Shocking Liar back in it's box for safe keeping I found a bunch of other crap in that same box like a bike lock I never used, a strobe light I got at the thrift store and my old camera.  I'm not talking about my digital Canon, or my old Kodak that the Canon replaced, I'm talking about my old Samsung camera that takes film.  Remember when cameras used film?

I got to thinking it would be fun to give a try again if I could find some 35mm camera film.  I went by the electronics department at work and picked up a roll for under $2.  I first asked the guy if they even developed camera film anymore and he said they do, but not for too much longer.  Once they renovate our store this summer the machine for doing film is getting taken out.  I got lots of time before then, so I bought a roll.

Once I got home I was looking at my box of film and noticed on the bottom it said "Process Before 2013.01".  But this was 2013 02?  I decided to take my chances, as it's not worth the trouble to get my $2 back.  Next time I was in the electronics department I told them that all the film is expired, so they pulled it all.  They don't sell camera film at our Superstore anymore! 

The old Samsung ECX-1, I guess it was pretty good back in the day as it won some European camera award '94-'95.  Some of you have seen it before and even used it.  This is actually my second camera like this as the first one got stolen.  I had gone hiking and we took Joe's truck and once we got back to Steve's I just piled all my stuff on the hood of my truck and then helped Steve carry his stuff inside.  I must've stayed inside for a bit and when I came out to put my gear in my truck I couldn't find the camera and we searched everywhere for it.  I figured someone must've swiped it off the the hood of the truck while I was inside.  At least I had used up the roll of film and taken it out first.  My parents bought me a replacement for my birthday or Christmas, I can't remember.

I used it a few times after getting the new one, then I moved to Calgary, so I wasn't using it as much.  I did use it a few times, I think I have a couple rolls of nothing but cat pictures.  I don't think you want to see those...or do you?!

Honestly, I didn't even really know how to use the thing.  It had a lot of settings and stuff that I couldn't be bothered to learn how to use.  I could take pictures, use the macro, zooms, timer and that's all I needed to know.

Since I hadn't used my camera in so long the batteries were dead.  I thought they used AA or maybe AAA, but they used some stubby lithium batteries that cost me $17.  I thought I'd buy a $2 roll of film, take a few snaps and pay a few bucks to get it developed for fun, but now it's getting pricey.

I'm actually heading back to Cranbrook on Friday, so while I'm there I'd better get started on taking some pictures.  I just don't know what to take pictures of.  A roll of 24 pictures of Willie? 

The cool part is that when I opened the film, it was in the little plastic canister.  Now I have something to put my quarters and loonies in.


Today I got a Super Battle Droid which is better that regular Battle Droid because he's "super".  But he can't fly, doesn't have the proportionate strength of a spider, has no super strength, can't use Mjolnir and can't psychically communicate with fish, so I guess he's not that "super" after all.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


While out driving around taking pictures of Dixon's Pub and Keith Deli's, Cody and I stopped in at Bianca Amor's to have a look at some of their amazing deals.  We both picked some DVDs as we usually do, but Cody also bought some food prep items.

Meatloaf is awesome because it's meat and that's it, the name pretty much says it all.  While I love meatloaf, I don't ever cook, so I'm not about to start.  Luckily, Cody dished out the big bucks, $5, and bought this killer meatloaf pan set. 

The meatloaf pan just doesn't do meatloaf, it also makes stuffed pork loin and stuffed peppers.  What's up with the picture of the meatloaf with an egg baked in the middle of it?  Is that something people do?  I'm repulsed, yet intrigued at the same time.  I'd have to say I would try it before passing judgment.

Cody wasted no time in trying out the meatloaf pan, he went and bought ingredients and set about making meatloaf the same night.  Cody set up this display for a nice picture.  Too bad he didn't clean all the clutter and crap off the counter first.

Cody looks pretty excited!

Check out all the fat and grease left in the bottom of the pan.  But that's the flava!

Cody gives thumbs up to the meatloaf pan itself, but a thumbs down to the actual meatloaf.  After he cut into it, he found out that it still wasn't cooked, so it had to back in the oven for a while.   It smelled pretty good while it was cooking, but unfortunately it didn't taste that great.  Cody also suffered "stomach ailments" afterwards from his meatloaf.  I was all good and had no problems at all.  I guess all that Arby's has reinforced my intestinal tract.

Since Cody already made meatloaf, I guess it's my turn to give it a try next.  I will put in some research for better recipes first.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  Also, some time in the future I'll write about Cody's other food prep purchase.  Something about baked beans in a toaster sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.  Haha, get it?

Who's out there?

Today I got General Grievious' star fighter, I didn't even know he had one.  Did you?  Well, I only saw Revenge of the Sith once and that was when it was released in the theatres.  He probably did, I'm old and forget stuff.

This is off topic, but what happened on February 18th?  I was checking the stats and on that day the blog saw 104 page views which is a new record.  Usually, the blog does pulls in views in the high twenties to mid-forties which still seems like a hell of a lot to me.  I only thought five or six people read my blog that I know, so I have no idea where all the other page views are coming from.  Who's reading this?  If I had known that so many people were possibly reading this I would make an effort to make it more interesting.  I bet it's just Mike spamming the reload button on his browser.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Separatist shuttle = lame

Monday, February 18, 2013

I didn't forget!

I know it's late, but today's kit was a Rebel Trooper mini figure and again for some reason he came with three visors. 

So far I've gotten the Battle Droid, Gungan, Imperial Officer, Snowtrooper, Hoth dude and now a Rebel Trooper for a total of six guys.  The weapon rack from a few days ago only had two guns on it.  The Gungan got a lame spear on a different kit, but that still leaves not enough guns to go around.  If all the guys can't have a weapon couldn't that have at least thrown in some other accessories like wrenches or even mugs...anything at all!